US’s Six-Strikes Soon To Kick In. How To Deal With It.
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Considered to be the largest effort to curb piracy, the six-strike graduated response system will start on the 1st of July 2012 and represents the collaboration between major U.S. ISPs and the entertainment industry – read the MPAA and RIAA.
Amongst the major American ISPs we find Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon and, last but not least, Comcast. The six-strike program is mainly focusing on copyrighted digital data found on BitTorrent networks.
What raises not only morality questions, but also legal ones is the fact that the industries along with internet providers are going to be the enforcement, judge, and jury of all digital content with no one to check on them.
Furthermore, for them the BitTorrent network is exclusively facilitating copyrighted materials, which is one of the most ridiculous ideas by far.
We’re not going to pin every flaw of the graduated response system (mostly because everyone knows them by now), but instead offer you five convenient methods to circumvent it.
VPN Services – While the music and movie industries will be scanning throughout open peer-to-peer networks your IP address will be vulnerable and easy to pin-point. One way of masking your IP address is by subscribing to a Virtual Private Network, a service which hides your real IP from all public view. In addition, these private networks don’t keep logs, therefore there’s no trail to track. Some of the established VPN providers are BTGuard, Ipredator, StrongVPN, and TorGuard.
Proxy Services – Proxies are quite similar to VPNs, except they don’t re-route internet traffic through a set of remote servers; they simply hide certain programs and protocols. If you’re looking for some good proxy providers, check out Torrent Privacy and BTGuard’s proxy service.
Seedbox Services – If you really want to feel 100% secure then you can choose to purchase a seedbox. A seedbox provides anonymity by downloading torrent files to a remote machine not attached to one’s IP address. Once the download is ready, the files can be downloaded to the user’s computer without the help of BitTorrent. These seedboxes also offer very fast upload and download speeds.
Private Networks – We’ve mentioned at the beginning of this article that the industries will be scanning open peer-to-peer networks, including sites like The Pirate Bay. Besides open networks, there are also private trackers that stay under the radar and keep you safe. More on how they work and how to get access is explained here.
Other Alternatives – Apparently obsolete utilities such as the internet relay chat (commonly known as IRC) and Usenet are still a good source of getting your hands on digital content. Another choice is the popular Freenet Project, as it offers file-sharing services, chat and browsing, all anonymously. Finally, there are also digital storage lockers like MediaFire, YouSendIt and Rapidshare, also a valuable source of distributing large files without being tracked.